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Simple Church Conference – Register Today!

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Simple Church Conference – Register Today!

————- REGISTRATION DEADLINE SEPT. 4th DESCRIPTION Connect with and learn alongside simple/house/organic church practitioners from around the region at this year’s simple church conference. We will take 24-hours to “Refocus” on what simple church is about.  More of a retreat than a “conference,” simple church leaders from the region will be facilitating times of encouragement as we look together into God’s Word, and enjoy meals at the Bluebird Cafe!  Come and be refreshed and encouraged by communion with friends and Christ!   This year we will be staying in the guest homes at the Wilderness Inn in...

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Simple Church Training – August 10

Posted by on Jul 25, 2019 in Blog, Events | 1 comment

Simple Church Training – August 10

Starting in August, we are going to try and moving our monthly leadership times around a bit.  We will try a Saturday morning and perhaps adjust them from month to month.  We know there is never a perfect time for everyone, but we also know that many of you are not able to ever come on the “Wednesday Evening” time we held this time on in the past.  Please RSVP on Eventbrite!  See you on August  Date And Time Sat, August 10, 2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT Add to Calendar Location First Southern National Bank 3060 Harrodsburg Road #100 Lexington, KY 40503 View Map   Anyone leading a simple/house/organic church or interested in leading such a group...

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16 Characteristics of Spectators (and Disciple-Makers)

Posted by on Jul 11, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

16 Characteristics of Spectators (and Disciple-Makers)

I recently came across this list of attitudes or characteristics of “Spectators” and “Disciple-makers.” I found these lists while reviewing old notes I jotted down during the first days of this website and ministry.   I believe they are from the book (or inspired by the book) “No More Spectators” by Mark Nyswander. It’s worth considering as simple church leaders are also people who desire to be apart of the Great Commission in the ways that Jesus demonstrated while here on earth! SPECTATORS Who can disciple me? “Not my job” “Not my gift” Discipleship is separate from normal life Can be very involved (actively...

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Summer Network Gathering – July 27

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Summer Network Gathering – July 27

Hey folks! Save The DATE! We will be out at the Wheeler’s farm for a day/evening of fellowship and fun. 1 pm-??? What:  100ft. Slip’n Slide, worship by the creek around 6pm. Bring a picnic dinner, swimming attire (if you want) and a chair and come hang out with friends of Simple Church Alliance! Where:  2302 Union Mill Road, Nicholasville, KY  (enter in the driveway by the big rocks!) What to Bring:  Bring your own food and drinks… blanket, or chair, towel and a dry change of clothes if needed!     RSVP Please by emailing us at...

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Maybe it’s a bigger deal than we think?

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Blog, Teachings | 3 comments

Maybe it’s a bigger deal than we think?

I am generally not someone who leads with the idea that simple church is the “most biblical” way to do church. For me, the idea that the New Testament church seemed to primarily gather in homes is helpful when explaining to folks why it’s normal for the church to primarily ebb and flow through homes, but It’s not my main motivation for advocating simple/house/organic church. For me primarily, simple church is just what makes the most sense given what I know about Jesus, how He has worked in my life, and how I have witnessed His Kingdom operate. However, this morning while beginning the book of Acts, I was watching its overview from the folks at...

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6 Benefits To Gathering On Sunday Mornings

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Blog | 6 comments

6 Benefits To Gathering On Sunday Mornings

Our simple church has settled into meeting on Sunday mornings and I’ve grown to enjoy it.  I have thought of six reasons I would encourage other simple churches to gather on Sunday mornings as well. Certainly there is not hard rule about when folks should meet and most every group will settle on times and locations for a host of reasons. As you think about the best time for your simple church to gather, consider the following… 1.  Convenience – The hardest thing about getting folks together regularly is finding a common time that everyone is available.  In general, it seems that the most available time on folks’ calendars is Sunday morning. ...

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Save The Date: Simple Church Conference 2019

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Save The Date: Simple Church Conference 2019

Hello friends! I just wanted to get this date on your calendar… September 21-22, 2019. We will be returning to the Wilderness Road Guest Homes and Rooms in Standford, KY this fall for our 8th annual Simple Church Conference! I hope you can make plans to join us! We will have more details coming soon.  If you are not on our newsletter, please email us to make sure you receive all the latest information on this conference and happenings with organic/simple/house church we are aware of in the region.  Thank you for stopping by and we hope to see you in September! More about The Wilderness Road Guest Houses in Standford, KY HERE.   Visit the Famous Bluebird...

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Easter Celebration Gathering + Pancakes, Egg Hunt

Posted by on Apr 7, 2019 in Blog, Events | 1 comment

Easter Celebration Gathering + Pancakes, Egg Hunt

Easter Pancakes and Eggs! We invite all our simple church friends, family, and acquaintances to join us for a unique Easter Sunday gathering! This Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, 10AM-Noon, we are hosting a network-wide pancake breakfast and egg hunt at Rabbit Run Clubhouse (1920 Fort Harrods Dr.)! We will also enjoy a time of worship through song and testimonies of new life experienced this year. How Can You Help? If all of us pitch in, this can be … simple! Perhaps you can help? Have you experienced new life in Christ this year? Would you be willing to share your story in person or on video?   Can you help make some pancakes?   Would you like to help with...

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Connecting – A Simple Favor

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments

Connecting – A Simple Favor

The simple church alliance is a network or “alliance” of simple/house/organic church families in the region. We feel strongly that having connection to other communities is important for us to know Jesus fully and experience Him in our day. I recognize one of the more important roles I can have is to provide connection across simple churches so that relations can form and that we can continue to grow and learn together. Certainly, each person and each simple church has different felt needs regarding connecting with other simple church communities or prioritizing the “network” aspect of simple church. I know many of you receive connection from the body of Christ...

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An update on our baby girl…

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Blog | 12 comments

An update on our baby girl…

Hey folks… Just wanted to give a short personal update here on the simple church website about our baby on the way, Margaret Wylie Duerson. Many of you know that Karla is pregnant with a little girl.  After our 20 week ultrasound, our midwife referred us to a high-risk pregnancy doctor.  We went to this appointment on Tuesday.  The doctor found that Wylie “likely” has Down syndrome.  There were a few indicators that led to this assessment: 1)There are two choroid plexus cysts on her brain (these are harmless, but often present in babies with a genetic disorder), and 2) her limbs measured slightly shorter than usual.  The third and most concerning...

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